For those of you not familiar with Juneteenth, it is celebration of African-American Independence and Emancipation, and this year the 150th Anniversary of the end of legal slavery in America. The City of Durham hosts its 11th annual Juneteenth event Saturday, June 20th from 1pm to 10pm.
Tonight at The Palace International, in a space where we have already seen fascinating community forum and progressive discussion, renown hip-hop artist and community activist, Joshua Gunn, aka JGunn, will host “Perspectives: A Juneteenth Kickback” under the auspices of his Parrish Street, LLC. It is a free event that will feature music, snacks, special performances and a community forum called, “Perspectives.”
The Palace International is a Durham institution, originally opened in 1989 it burned down in 2001, only to rise from the ashes at a new location in 2007. It is family-owned and operated, community connected and networked. We have seen The Palace International represent from Duke’s Music in the Garden’s series to Durty Durham’s Studio.
Tomorrow Friday June 19th J Gunn, Parrish Street, LLC, and The Palace International host “Art UnderGround” an Art Centered celebration that will include a live band, featured work from local visual artists and performances from singers, musicians and hip hop artists.
We encourage you to participate in Juneteenth celebrations and commemorations in one or another, Durham.
It is more important now than ever to show our collective solidarity.